In 2003 and 2004, two Carinthian women also received the rare ordination of the “Eternal Virgin” from the then diocesan bishop Alois Schwarz and committed themselves to lifelong chastity, poverty and obedience to God.
Bernadette Lang, 31, sees herself as the “bride of Jesus” and, as reported, recently made a vow at the Salzburg Cathedral to live chastely and obediently to God. Then Lang was ordained an “eternal virgin,” her “honeymoon” to Israel began on Wednesday. But are there such “eternal virgins” in Carinthia who renounce sexuality?
In 2003 and 2004 there were also Weihen in Carinthia
The question was not an easy one for Matthias Kapeller, press officer for the diocese. But internal investigations in the episcopal ordinariate finally yielded results. Kapeller: “Yes, in 2003 and 2004 there was a Carinthian woman who received this dedication to the eternal virgin in a personal circle.”
The ordinations were given by the then diocesan bishop Alois Schwarz. In view of personal rights, data protection and the very individual life decisions of these Carinthians, Kapeller does not want to disclose any personal data.
Waiving promises of chastity is possible
It may be that the “eternal virgins” of Carinthia are also associated with the Loretto community. These are young people who have committed themselves to their faith and who are also active in Klagenfurt. By the way: Like priests, “eternal virgins” can be redeemed from their pledge of chastity.